Archive for August, 2011

August 26, 2011

Giant pumpkin is complete-meet him at Middle Farm this weekend

Well it’s taken a couple of months and quite a lot of wool but now it’s finished at last and I can reveal it in all it’s glory. He will make his first live appearance at Middle Farm this weekend.
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Come and say hello!

August 22, 2011

Gorgeous colours from nature

Dyeing is still in progress, the mulberries are still falling so I’m still picking them up. Had good results with weld, golden rod and buddleia, some lovely yellows and golds and all the berries are giving me pinks, purples and lavender shades. Most surprising is what happens if you add a little copper sulphate crystals to the pan with the plant liquor. Also found that stronger colours occur when sea salt is added to the dye pot liquor. More buddleia, golden rod, mulberries to come.
dyes from nature
dyes from nature

August 19, 2011

Biggest pumpkin in the world? it’s made of felt,so probably!

I’ve been working on this for a while, thought it would be fun to see how big a pumpkin I could felt. It’s not as large as I would have liked but nevertheless it is BIG. Made of clean sheep’s wool it has been made just with felting needles, about ten all in. I can’t weigh it as it’s too big for my kitchen scales but will weigh it as soon as it’s 100% complete. Still have the ribs, stalk, bottom and fronds to complete. It will make a great foot stool once completed.
I’m hoping it will make it into the Guiness book of world records. It has a 50″ circumference and stands 16″ tall (will be taller with stalk). What next you ask? Giant snowball? life size snowman?
It's this big!
before colour goes on
carded batts
main colour is on

August 11, 2011

Brighton Mini Makers Fair Sept 3rd 2011

Will be heading for the coast on Friday 2nd to set up my ball making workshop at the Dome in Brighton. I will be demonstrating how to make an easy jingly ball and a ball from a pom pom. Frantic ball making ongoing in between natural dyeing session.
Balls

August 9, 2011

National Trust Crowlink

Tucked away in the heart of the Sussex countryside lies this amazing National Trust area called Crowlink. In between Cuckmere Haven and Birling Gap some stunning countryside awaits discovery. Yes the car park costs £2.00 a day to park but you could spend that on a cup of coffee. Have a day outdoors with the children and enjoy the scenery on this beautiful piece of coastline. Be prepared for a bit of a hike,take a picnic, and be aware there are no loos for miles.
Birling Gap in distance
Bill walking away from Crowlink

August 6, 2011

Time for dyeing-the natural way

With summer in full swing now is the time to gather dyestuffs from round and about. Next doors mulberrys are dropping to the ground and getting soggy in this rain so I have nip round there during a dry spell to pick them up. The first batch produced a lovely pinky mauve on silk and alpaca. Yesterday at Bentley Wildfowl I was allowed to pick some Golden Rod which has given me some lovely citrusy yellow on Falkland Island tops. A pound or so of elderberries has turned 100gms of Falkland Island tops a lovely mauve and the exhaust from the Golden Rod and elderberries is still in the pot with another 100gm of F.I.tops.
My earlier dye session this week turned out very blue, not with natural dyes I hasten to add but some vintage ICI dyes. I mixed some blue with red hoping to achieve purple but it all came out blue! It is on the lavender side of blue and I have a lot of blue wool, yarn and tops.
from one dye pot
wool and tencel

August 3, 2011

The Woolly bus nears completion

Thank you to all who sponsored me, I raised £46.00 for the Martlets Hospice and knitted ten squares, not many I know but every little helps! On August 20th the double decker bus covered in knitted squares will tour Brighton to raise awareness of the hospice. The squares will then be made into blankets and shipped out to Africa to keep AIDS victims warm and cosy.

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